Since no athletic mark goes unchallenged, the Hopkins boasts will surely be met, perhaps surpassed. If so, do not call us. We'll call you.
THE FRINGED BENEFITS
Win the Greater Dallas Golf Open, the sponsors announced, and you win more than money. To promote Big D as a city of fashion as well as a sports center, free wardrobes were given to wives of the first three finishers. The winner's share was $1,250 worth of clothes, and the day after he shot a 276 Roberto De Vicenzo showed up at the store as a champion golfer—and an average husband. He didn't know his wife's sizes.
Wife Delia was back home in Buenos Aires. "I saw a little girl out there about the size of Delia," said Roberto helpfully, nodding toward the street. "But I'd have to hug her to make sure." However, Roberto had to go it alone. How about that $250 white evening gown? "Ah, that would be very good," said Roberto. "But it would be better with Delia inside." Wrap it up. A $25 backless creation? He took that, too. Within 30 minutes Roberto had added a pair of $125 cocktail dresses, assorted daytime numbers and lingerie. The least expensive item in the package was a $10 pair of walking shorts. "Delia will be a very surprised girl," he said.
Pleased, yes. Surprised, no. Winner De Vicenzo may be as naive about that as he was about the sizes. The rules had said the winner could shop for the lady of his choice. And as one tournament wife purred sweetly, "I had better be the lady of his choice."
A SMALL GRIPE
Billy Gaines is mad, and we don't blame him. Billy is New Jersey's fastest-moving object west of the foreign diplomats on the Jersey Turnpike. He is a sophomore sprinter at Clearview Regional High School and is playfully called Peanuts by his admirers because he stands only 5 feet 5.
Billy is sore because his pint-size stature might have cost him a race in last Saturday's rain-soaked Penn Relays. Running before 24,252 spectators, Billy and John Carlos of New York's Pioneer Club appeared to hit the tape simultaneously. But Carlos brushed the tape with his chest and Billy hit it slightly below the neck. Billy tossed his hands over his head in the traditional winner's gesture, while Carlos stumbled and fell face-first in the mud. Officials credited each runner with a time of 9.7 but gave the victory to Carlos.
Billy has been doing a lot of thinking about the inch or two of distance he is giving up to taller rivals by hitting the tape at neck level rather than at his outthrust chest, and he doesn't know what to do about it. Unless he can persuade the officials to lower the tape a bit, he may just have to wait until he grows out of his predicament.
GLAD YOU ASKED
Everything was great with Alan Geerts of Elkhart, Ind. after he shot a hole in one at the Eberhart-Petro Golf Course in Mishawaka, Ind. Then somebody asked him his score for the round. It was 98-76—174 for the 18 holes. Not bad, Geerts thought, for his third round of golf, and the first time he had broken 200.